Notes: Vols work out at Milligan

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — The InsideTennessee.com staff of beat reporters hasn't missed a Tennessee football practice since Josh Woodward took over as the magazine and website's publisher.

Following the Volunteers over to Carter County, the IT crew is taking in the workouts with a watchful eye to keep its site subscribers as educated on the Big Orange as possible.

Monday morning was no different as InsideTennessee ventured to another preseason camp workout to get as much information, photographs and video footage as possible.

Here's a look at what stuck out to us Monday:

  • The dew still covered the Bermuda when the Orange & White ventured onto the side-by-side practice fields at Milligan College for their first workout at the school. Unless rainfall ventures back into the Tri-Cities, the remaining workouts will be on Milligan's campus, which is where the team has been staying since last Thursday night.
  • After having their first day off Sunday since training camp began, the Volunteers have two practices Monday with the second coming tonight at 7:30.
  • The bell tower here at Milligan College rang out the tune of Rocky Top this morning as the Volunteers got set for their first of two Monday practice sessions. .
  • From the offensive side…

  • Tight end Mychal Rivera (knee) and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (shoulder) were both in red non-contact jerseys in the early practice periods. Rivera did a few drills, but then moved to the stationary bike. He will likely be back to practice once the Vols return to Knoxville on Thursday. Dooley expects the injury, classified as a sprain, to sideline Rivera for a week.
  • Athlete Alton Howard (foot) and tight end Justin Meredith (hamstring) were also doing extra work off to the side of practice, including the bike and various other parts of what looked to be a circuit workout.
  • Justin Hunter participated in early drills with the No. 1 offense and wasn't in a red non-contact jersey, but he did sit out for about half of the individual periods and joined in the circuit workout off to the side of practice.
  • Patterson, Devrin Young, Rajion Neal and Quenshaun Watson all returned kicks during the early portions of practice.
  • Tight end Joseph Ayres stayed after practice to get extra reps in with assistant Charlie Coiner. Ayres just transitioned from the defensive front to tight end last week.
  • Chock up another position to the list for freshman Justin King. The Dunwoody, Ga., native, who has already played outside linebacker, Wildcat quarterback and tight end this camp, is also working on special teams as one of the deeper tiered players on kickoff return.
  • From the defensive side…

  • The first-team defense featured Darrington Sentimore, Daniel McCullers, Maurice Couch, Jacques Smith, Curt Maggitt, A.J. Johnson, Herman Lathers, Brent Brewer, Brian Randolph, Justin Coleman and Marsalis Teague. Without a doubt the most surprising thing out of that lineup is the lack of senior corner Prentiss Waggner, but this could be the coaching staff trying to send a message to him as it was noted that he had a couple of slow days earlier in camp. Marlon Walls' absence is also noteworthy.
  • Defensive back Eric Gordon continues to get first team reps at the STAR position, which is the nickel back spot.
  • Freshman defensive back Deion Bonner got in the mix on several reps at corner during the early portions of practice opposite Coleman.
  • Graduate assistant Brandon Staley is working with the middle linebackers during the individual periods with just five players in his group after the loss of Kenneth Bynum. However, Christian Harris (knee) looks to be more active every day in his rehab and could be back sooner than expected as he is four month post-op ACL.
  • In order to both provide more depth inside and to aid in his education of knowing at least three linebacker positions, junior Dontavis Sapp drilled at both SAM and MIKE after working outside a majority of the time since the 3-4 came with Sal Sunseri.

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